VI. Subfam. Lamioideae Harley (2003)

Subfam. Stachyoideae (Dumort.) Luerss. (1882); Briq. in Engl. & Prantl (1895) et auct. mult., p.p., typ. incl.

Subfam. Prasioideae (Benth.) Thomé (1889)

Subfam. Pogostemonoideae P.D. Cantino, Harley & Wagstaff in Harley & Reynolds (1992).


Small annual herbs with simple hairs; leaves usually narrow, toothed to entire, attenuate at base, petiolate; inflorescence racemose; bracteoles at base of pedicels which recurve in fruit; calyx 5-lobed, inflated in fruit, lobes equal or subequal (1/4), posterior lobe often pointing upwards; corolla strongly 2-lipped, 5-lobed (2/3), pink, posterior lip long, shallowly hooded; stamens included or only shortly exserted from corolla-tube, anther-thecae confluent; stigma-lobes equal or lower lobe ± broader; nutlets oblong, 2.2-3 times longer than wide, rounded at apex, smooth.  Two spp., in dry areas, Syria, Israel and Saudi Arabia to Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and SW Pakistan (Baluchistan).


Native to:

32 Middle Asia
34 Western Asia
35 Arabian Peninsula
40 Indian Subcontinent


Tapeinanthus Boiss. ex Benth. in Candolle, Prodr. 12: 436 (1848)., non Herb. (1837).


Thuspeinanta T. Durand, Index Gen. Phan. 703 (1888).


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